06 October 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

CIPA elects new president

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has elected Stephen Jones as president.

Jones was elected at CIPA’s 135th Annual General Meeting on 4 October and succeeds Tony Rollins, who has held the role since May 2016.

Jones previously served as vice president of CIPA, and he is also a council member for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Julia Florence, senior patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, will take on the vice president position.

Jones said: “My priorities in the coming year will be to continue the institute’s work in policy and education, international harmonisation and promotion of diversity in the profession.”

“I will also build on what we have achieved so far with IP Pro Bono in providing access to IP services for those who cannot afford to pay, and to work with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the IP Regulation Board in ensuring an efficient and robust system of regulation for the IP professions.”

He added: “In these uncertain times, CIPA plays an important role in supporting its members and upholding the public interest in robust and efficient systems for protecting intellectual property. After the referendum last year, CIPA emphasised a consistent message about the future of IP in the UK. It is business as usual for UK industry and the profession at the European Patent Office, and the UK Intellectual Property Office.”

Jones said CIPA has strongly supported the European movement towards a Unified Patent Court and the UK’s role in it, as well as responding to challenges raised by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last year.

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